Commissioner Cole ans Son visited Region 2 to facilitate a HIV/AIDS Seminar which included SALT and ACP. The Participants were all Male and they hailed from Leguan, Wakenaam, Bartica (Region 7), Anna Regina which are different areas in Region 2 except for Bartica which is located in Region 7. Being the lone female facilitating a session with an all male group was a significant challenge given the fact that Men prefer to talk sex with Men only! However, Commissioner Cole rose to the occasion and challenged herself to deliver what was a 'sterling' performance! The Men were not shy as it relates to the speaking about sex however they were 'condom shy' when it came to demonstrating how to use the male condom. (only two males out of ten participated in the condom demonstration). Modules 1-3 was introduced to the participants who shared their experiences about what they knew about the 'power of the local response to HIV/AIDS. SALT and Dream Building was the most intriguing session since drawing the individual dream took these men back to Nursery school days; they indeed appeared to be enthused about this exercise. Drawing the Group Dream brought them together for one common cause which is to envision a Dream of their Community being 'AIDS Competent'. Most of the Male participants AGREED that they would help the person/persons living with HIV to remain focus on life and living and they would also help that person to gain employment, and show them love and care.
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